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Dr Lauren Streicher slams celebrity health advice

Dr Lauren Streicher of Northwestern University warns celebrity health advice could be dangerous. She singles out Shailene Woodley (left) who sunbathes her vagina, Jessica Alba (center) who said she used a corset to get back in shape and Gwyneth Paltrow (left) who recommended pouring coffee into the anus as a detox.

As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Colin Dougall from LloydsPharmacy in Glasgow answers your common medicine queries...

A California advocacy group is suing coffee companies for not warning about the presence of chemical that may be carcinogenic in their products, though research and responses are mixed.

Companies are attempting to profit off of the opioid epidemic by selling fake withdrawal aids to vulnerable addicts looking to recover. The FDA sent warning letters to 11 such pill-makers on Wednesday.

Researchers from the University of California, LA, reveal taking a compound found in the Indian spice, know as curcumin, causes people to have less protein build-up in the region of the brain linked to memory.

Tamiflu causes another child to hallucinate in Texas

Steven Allen (pictured) of Texas, two, couldn't stop twitching, picked at imaginary pains on his arms and became violent after taking Tamiflu, which has caused hallucinations for several children this year. His parents Josh (bottom right) and Andrea rushed him to the hospital (left) after he started seizing. He was diagnosed with the flu in addition to his seizures and given Tamiflu. The drug is among the CDC's most recommended flu treatments, but it is banned in Japan because it can have psychiatric effects on some young children.

Patients are being told not to go to A&E; after an NHS computer failure. The IT problem is currently affecting some of the busiest hospitals in Manchester and Wales.

Researchers in Ontario, Canada, discovered a 'significant association' between acute respiratory infections, particularly flu, and acute myocardial infarction, the medical name for a heart attack.

Certified sleep science coach Chris Brantner explains why seven to eight hours of sleep each night is the best way to fight off this year's vaccine-resistant flu.

Boy aged 12 dies of the flu in Florida

Dylan Winnik, 12, died on Tuesday of the flu just two days after falling ill with what his parents thought was a cold. He is the first flu-death in Palm Beach County, Florida, this year.

Georgia Puckering started fitting due to Aussie flu

Georgia Puckering (pictured left with her other two children), 25, took her son, Harlee Fox (right), from Hessle, Yorkshire, to the doctors last Friday morning where he was prescribed antibiotics for tonsillitis after acting 'unusually still'. After being treated for dehydration and given appropriate medication in hospital, Harlee is at home but still suffering from a high temperature.

Scientists at the University of Iowa discovered that the number of pregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage has increased from four to six percent within 12 years.

Here, in a piece for The Conversation, Dana Rosenfeld, a reader in sociology based at Keele University, Staffordshire, investigates five common beliefs about aging.

A third of women in a new survey said they were embarrassed by the symptoms that they had not expected to face, and half said the whole ordeal affected their confidence levels.

A step towards cloning HUMANS? Chinese monkeys become the first primates in the world to be replicated using the 'Dolly the Sheep' method of transferring DNA

Two monkeys (top left image) have followed in the footsteps of Dolly the Sheep by becoming the world's first primates to be cloned from transferred DNA. Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong (right image) and Hua Hua (bottom left image) were born eight and six weeks ago respectively at a laboratory in China. The aim of the scientists was to pave the way for populations of genetically uniform monkeys that can be customised for ground-breaking research into human diseases. The success marks a watershed in cloning research and raises major ethical questions. The cloning of monkeys will be seen by some as a step toward the creation of human clones. The breakthrough was made by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai.

A study from the University of China found that those who take cruise vacations experience positive mental and emotional health benefits up to six months after disembarking.

Developed by Polish scientists, Tribitor, which is dissolved in water and drank 15 minutes before eating high-GI foods, inhibits the absorption of carbs, preventing the deposition of fat.

The nine-year-old, from China, suffered from his involuntary tics for nearly three years. But they were stopped after undergoing the transplant to replenish his gut with 'good' bacteria.

Researchers from the University of Illinois found piglets fed prebiotic-rich formulas are significantly better at recognizing objects they have come across before, which may be due to 'good bacteria'.

The scanning device will pick up on biomarkers that indicate abnormal cell growth, according to comments made by Rajeev Suri at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

French researchers have analysed data of more than 100,000 women who underwent sterilisation to discover the scandal-hit Essure device has lower immediate complications rates than surgery.

Boy who died of cancer inspires NJ governor to sign order

Jake Honig, seven, (left) died from rare bone cancer on Sunday after a five-year battle. His death inspired New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (right, seated) to sign an executive order on Tuesday to expand access to medical marijuana. Jake's mother, father and sister (right) were invited to the press conference where they stood alongside the governor holding a photo of Jake as he signed the executive order.

Researchers from the University of Southern California believe social networks have a strong influence on people's health habits and therefore communities should be targeted to combat obesity.

The supplement, yet to be given a name by researchers at Ohio State University, contains zinc, copper, iron, carnitine and phosphatidylserine. It will cost around $35 (£25) for a month's supply.

According to London-based Dr Sarah Brewer, common causes include low blood pressure, which can be effectively treated through prescribed medication and simple lifestyle changes.

Herbal treatments such as St John's wort, ginseng and chamomile are taken by an estimated one in four UK adults who buy them, without a prescription, at health food shops or online.

'I'm not afraid': Ex-Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell reveals heartbreaking moment she was diagnosed with brain cancer and how she turned to a drug trial because she has 'no idea how long she has left' 

A former Cabinet minister today bravely spoke out about being diagnosed with brain cancer - saying it has given her a 'clear sense of purpose' to help other patients. Baroness Tessa Jowell, 70, said she has 'no idea' how long she has left but is determined to reform the NHS to give more people a better chance of survival. Lady Jowell, who has two children and three stepchildren - including the food blogger Deliciously Ella - did not have a single symptom before the tumour was found last May. In an emotionally-charged interview, Lady Jowell said she is 'not afraid' of her illness despite her grim prognosis and is '100 per cent focused' on staying alive.And she is calling for a change in NHS rules so cancer patients are allowed to take on the risk of undergoing different innovative treatments.

Canadian researchers investigating poor sleep among teens found the root problem to be social media: those who spent at least 60 minutes on it suffered more sleep issues than those who did not.

Researchers from Imperial College London found falling levels of the strain Lactobacillus are associated with a woman's waters breaking after less than 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Amy and Chad Kempel from California, welcomed healthy quintuplets after fears they would not survive high-risk delivery when their insurance company refused to provide specialized care.

Babies who are born by caesarean are 50 per cent more likely to be obese before the age of five, a review from the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh has found.

Survival story of Georgia boy with elephant man condition

An adorable amputee born with the ultra-rare elephant man condition is defying the odds to live against terminal 'months to live' prognosis for the past three years. Trey Mills (right with his mother), from Harlem in Georgia, has Proteus syndrome, which causes his organs, bones, skin, tissue and blood vessels to grow larger than normal at an accelerated rate.  For Trey, six, his left-side is most affected with his leg growing four inches longer and foot (inset) four shoe sizes bigger than the other. Pain from having to drag around a dramatically longer limb meant in 2013 surgeons amputated at the knee (left) and a year later due to additional growth they removed his ring finger. On top of this, the youngster's mother Summer Widener (right, left) was told three years ago her son only had three months to live due to a terminal lung disease - but he is battling on with a smile on his face.

The number of people dying in England and Wales has reached its highest level in three years, with more than 15,000 people dying in the second week of January.

Americans are having fewer babies, and diaper makers are feeling the pinch.Kimberly-Clark said Tuesday it will cut as many as 5,500 jobs, or 13...

The opioid epidemic has kills more than 1,000 people in New York City each year, and the city is suing more than a dozen drug makers for negligence that has cost New York millions.

The report by the University of Washington issued Tuesday wrestles with the potential pros and cons of the vapor-emitting devices which have been sold in the US for more than a decade.

The World Health Organization said the number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil tripled, with 20 deaths since July. US travelers urged to get the yellow fever vaccine.

Holding a partner's hand - especially if they are empathetic and biologically synced up to you - can diminish the feeling of pain, according to a new study from Colorado University, Boulder.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found raising the price of sugary drinks causes people to purchase greater amounts of lager as their spending habits change.

Instagram fitness stars open fridges to show what they eat

Instagram fitness stars have shared with FEMAIL Food&Drink; the contents of their fridges with revealing 'shelfies' and they are predictably wholesome, featuring a lot of avocado, lean meats and houmous. Influencers including Chessie King (right) and Steph Elswood (left) took part to reveal their very saintly fridges.

EXCLUSIVE: Freda, a monthly subscription service aimed at the 'modern woman', now offers those across the UK tampons made of organic cotton and pads made of wood pulp.

Edinburgh University researchers found some women have lower levels of oxygen in their blood, leading to a slower production of this protein, and therefore more intense blood-loss.

A 12-year-old boy from Malaysia injured in a car accident baffled doctors when he turned blue in the operating theatre as they were about to perform life saving brain surgery on him.

Health chiefs thought they had the 'crisis', which prompted 10 nearby African countries to be placed on high alert, under control. But panic has re-emerged after a suspected new case.

Former Congressman and member of the six person opioid commission Patrick Kennedy told CNN in an impassioned interview that a lack of funding has rendered efforts against the epidemic useless.

Vermont governor Phil Scott signed a bill into law on Monday legalizing recreational pot with some reservation. Vermont is the ninth state to pass a broad legalization law, but first to do so through legislature.

Scunthorpe woman left with permanent 'resting b**** face'

Lisa Beardsley (pictured now, right, and before, left), from Scunthorpe, claims damaged nerves mean most of the time she looks 'like a miserable cow'. She had thought nothing of tiny marks on her neck - until two weeks later when her face started to droop. Fearing she was having a stroke, she called an ambulance and was taken to hospital where she lost the ability to talk, eat, drink and smile over four hours. Doctors discovered the single mother-of-two had harboured the chicken pox virus, which lay dormant for years until it randomly flared up, leading to the facial paralysis (pictured days after her diagnosis, inset). She had to consume a liquid diet using a straw, and was unable to blink for six months, forcing her to wear an eye patch. The good-humoured support worker is slowly recovering, but admits the damaged nerves mean she 'winks' when she tries to smile.

Researchers from Newcastle University found in 2035 men will live 3.6 years longer, and women 2.9 years, than they do now, however, two-thirds of this time will be spent suffering from illnesses.

There were 34,260 vacant nursing and midwifery roles advertised across England at the end of September - a record high. The figures were collected by NHS Digital.

Experts have attacked the publication of the new study, led by scientists at the University of Alberta, Canada. It shows precisely how to construct horsepox - a close relative of the feared bug.

The classes for adventurous fitness fanatics are coming to London next month. Trainer Keith McNiven said exercising nude maximises your workout and boosts your motivation.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Bar-Ilan University in Israel found that wives, sisters and mothers tend to 'nag' their kin the most, due to their emotionally investment.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have criticised ministers' 'piecemeal' approach to preventing long-term illness.

The scientists, from San Diego State University in California, say young people would lead happier lives if they spent more time exercising and seeing friends face-to-face (stock image)

Terri Coates, advisor to the BBC's Call the Midwife and practising midwife, raised concerns about parents 'not getting the right answers' when they turn to websites like Google for help.

Rob Leibowitz, 60, from New Jersey, suffered from chronic kidney disease and wore a t-shirt that said 'In Need of Kidney' to find his donor. He underwent a successful transplant surgery last week.

AJ Burgess celebrated his third birthday this weekend after finally getting a transplant in Atlanta, though he was told he was not eligible since his father had violated his parole.

Photographer takes on artist family behind OxyContin

Photographer Nan Goldin (pictured) is petitioning fellow artists to boycott donations from the Sackler family (pictured: Raymond Sackler, founder of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, and his wife Beverly). Nan's petition is an effort to hold their company, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic, which claimed more than 63,000 lives in one year alone. Other members of the family have contributed large sums of money to the arts, but, having recovered from her own opioid addiction, Goldin wants to send a clear message to the billionaire family that she believes they have a conflict of interest. The current Sackler generation, including art-involved philanthropist Elizabeth Sackler, has attempted to distance themselves from the older, now-deceased generation which was involved in pharmaceuticals. 

Linzy Bromfield, 48, from Chelmer, Essex, suffered from a rare form of blood cancer that was triggered by her breast implants. Doctors say they identified the cancer a month before it would have killed her.

Dr Rana Awdish is an intensive care doctor in Detroit. When she was seven months pregnant, she lost her baby and became a patient on her own word. She details her extraordinary experience.

Eating better and exercising more were this year's most popular New Year resolutions, according to a poll. An obesity expert reviews a selection of gadgets that claim to help you lose weight.

Every year, around 25,000 people in the UK have a pacemaker fitted. Sometimes the wires can become dislodged, requiring further surgery, but a new device could avoid this problem.

Tide Pods chemically burn every tissue they touch

An expert from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio explains how Tide Pods burn organs as they travel through the body, injuring nearly 40 people who partook in the viral detergent eating challenge so far this year. The corrosive chemicals are so highly concentrated in the packets that even inhaling or swallowing a small amount can burn the mouth, lungs and esophagus.

A Utah State University student was taken to a local hospital Saturday after swallowing a Tide Pod. School officials insist the incident was not part of the social media craze 'Tide Pod Challenge.'

British company infirst Healthcare have come up with a solution that could allow people in chronic pain to consume ibuprofen and get the same relief with half the dose and no risk of gastric bleeding.

At just 18 months old, young children can show biological evidence of added stress. New research by the University of Oregon shows this can be down to a unique connection between cells.

A man in his 60s undergoing surgery for sleep apnea overdosed after the anesthesiologist grabbed the wrong bottle of ketamine and administered 10 times the intended amount.

Emanuel Zayas, 14, died on Friday from lung and kidney failure after having the surgery to remove the basketball-sized tumor on his face. The Cuban boy came to Miami for the surgery.

Communications from the CDC have all but ceased since 63 percent of its staff was placed on furlough following Friday night's government shutdown, during the height of this year's deadly flu epidemic.

Researchers from the US National Cancer Institute discovered that long-term use of oral contraceptives was associated with a 66 percent reduced risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Three researchers at Brock University in Canada break down their latest study, which exposes the inefficient method of making all patients wait 45 minutes for an appointment.

Helen Heagren, from Essex, is batting incurable ovarian cancer. She says the size 22 knickers - from when she needed 17 litres drained from her stomach - are a reminder of what she's been through.

ITV's This Morning's resident doctor Dr Ranj Singh joined the North West ambulance service for a shift, where he learnt how the team work with no idea what the next 12 hours may bring.

NHS England says it is likely smartphones will become 'the primary method of accessing health services'. By 2020, nearly 16 million queries may be processed by algorithms.

The artificial organ was developed also using a patient's stem cells. The project is led by Professor Alexander Seifalian from London-based NanoRegMed, who made the first synthetic trachea.

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